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Tracy Franz on her new book and continuing Zen practice

Michael Palmer - Monday, June 04, 2018

Tracy Franz's new book My Year of Dirt and Water is making waves. Check out her interview with Sumeru Press on her book and her continued life in Zen practice. Read More


Foreword Reviews on 'My Year of Dirt and Water: Journal of a Zen Monk's Wife in Japan' by Tracy Franz

Thomas Joel - Friday, May 04, 2018

Our good friends at Foreword Reviews just wrote an illuminating book review of one of our upcoming titles, My Year of Dirt and Water by Tracy Franz, a memoir that "offers the singular pleasure of a story that obscures but is not obscured." Read the full review below.  Read More


Walk Japan CEO Paul Christie on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

As the CEO of Walk Japan, Paul Christie is a pioneer of small group tours venturing deep into Japanese society and culture. He recently had some kind words to say about one of our upcoming titles, 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'
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The Japanese Poetic Tradition of Haibun in Basho's 'Narrow Road to the Interior'

Thomas Joel - Friday, April 27, 2018

Although his name has become synonymous with haiku mastery, Edo era poet Matsuo Bashō’s exalted status in Japanese literature is equally indebted to the prose compositions he wrote throughout his lifetime. However, poetry and prose were not mutually exclusive for Bashō, with some of his finest work dabbling in and fusing both forms of written expression. Read More


Renowned translator Cathy Hirano on 'Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!'

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cathy Hirano, translator of Nohoku Uehashi's The Beast Player and Marie Kondo’s best-selling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, "highly recommend[s]" Amy Chavez's new book Amy's Guide to Best Behavior in Japan: Do It Right and Be Polite!, "not just to avoid making mistakes while in Japan but also to enjoy this intriguing side of its culture and people.” Read More


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